Federal and State Health Policy

The U.S. health care system is in the midst of significant transformation. We live in an era of expanded insurance coverage options, new insurance market regulations and consumer protections, and private- and public-sector innovation in health care delivery and payment driven by the imperative to control costs and improve quality. Perhaps never has both federal and state government played a more integral role in ensuring access to affordable health coverage and in designing, testing, and refining new ways to deliver and pay for care.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Federal and State Health Policy initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of policymakers to adopt and implement policies that help achieve a high-performance care health system. By building relationships with congressional members and staff, federal and state officials, and other policy stakeholders across the political spectrum, the Fund is able to maintain dissemination channels critical for educating these key constituencies. Insights gained from these relationships also help the Fund’s programs identify the key informational needs of policymakers.

The Fund’s Federal and State Health Policy efforts focus on:

  • providing access to evidence-based policy analysis relevant to federal and state policymakers
  • disseminating and sharing lessons learned in policy and practice
  • helping states learn from one other and fostering dialogue between state and federal policymakers
  • identifying policy priorities of state and federal officials to inform the Fund’s programmatic strategy.

Key activities include bipartisan retreats for members of Congress and senior congressional and agency staff; public Capitol Hill briefings; and strategic partnerships with such organizations as the National Governors Association, National Association of Medicaid Directors, National Conference of State Legislatures, and National Academy of State Health Policy.

Program contact: Rachel Nuzum, Vice President

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Rachel Nuzum
Rachel Nuzum
Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy, The Commonwealth Fund

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